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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

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Tom DeLay is incredibly upset that Justice Kennedy has looked at international law when reaching his decisions, but that's not the worst of it, DeLay explains:
And not only that, but he said in session that he does his own research on the
Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous.

This statement leads to the question: what is it that is so outrageous? Is it that Kennedy uses the internet? Is it that he does the research himself? Neither possibility seems to gel with the criticism DeLay has dogmatically repeated a number of times: judges are activists and isolated from the American people.

I agree that the internet can isolate people. However, my guess is that Kennedy is not staying up all night reading slate.com, listening to celebrity prank phone calls, or downloading mp3s. The internet isolates people by stimulating them with asocial activities. Yet, even that analysis is limited, because the internet can also be very social. Maybe Kennedy is chatting online with other justices or instant messaging with some circuit court judges. My guess is that judges would have great email addresses and screen names, like "LawNerd", "RockinJustice", or "Souter2005". Maybe Kennedy is posting comments on blogs and hurling insults at the other players at his internet poker table. The point is, Tom DeLay, the fact that he uses the internet means there's a chance he's not isolated.

I think the real issue here is that DeLay doesn't want people enjoying Al Gore's invention - can't give a Democrat more exposure. If Kennedy had said he conducted research by spraying bugs with pesticide, I'm sure DeLay would want to put him on his PAC payroll. "Chart the course for Moscow boys, we're taking this legal eagle for a ride!"

I mean, how could a person avoid the internet with all those juicy stories about politicians flying to Scotland to read?

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